July 23, 2011

Seven Hartwick College Hawks Continue CWPA Presence on Day 4 of FINA Women's World Championship

SHANGHAI, China -- Kirsten Hudson (New Zealand), Bronwen Knox (Australia), Sophie Smith (Australia), Barbara Amaro (Brazil), Marina Zablith (Brazil), Jemma Dendy-Young (South Africa) and Ryan Castle (Kazakhstan), who all have connections to Hartwick College, continued the Collegiate Water Polo Association's (CWPA) showing on Day 4 of the FINA Women's World Championship in Shanghai, China.

Three CWPA former/current student-athletes were on the two benches in a 10-9 victory by Brazil over the Republic of South Africa as former players Amaro and Zablith competed for Brazil, while current Hawks' student-athlete Dendy-Young was part of the South Africa contingent.

For Brazil, the victory sets up a meeting with anothter CWPA connection as Castle, an assistant coach at Hartwick and the head coach of the Kazakhstan National Team, guided his squad to a 14-13 victory over Uzbekistan.

Kazakhstan and Brazil will clash on Monday, while South Africa will meet Uzbekistan in the next round of competition.

In other action, former Hartwick player Hudson did not score in a 14-6 loss by New Zealand to the Netherlands, and Knox and Smith factored in a 10-9 victory by Australia against Hungary.

Australia advances to Monday's quarterfinals and a meeting with Italy, the silver medallist at last month’s FINA World League Super Final, while New Zealand will continue play versus Cuba.

One CWPA connection did not compete as former University of Michigan standout and CWPA Hall of Fame inductee Betsey Armstrong and the United States of America National Team were off after earning a bye for winning their bracket.  The USA squad will face Russia on Monday in the quarterfinals.

Out of the water, CWPA referee and Mark Koganov (Azerbaijan), who is representing his native Republic of Azerbaijan as a neutral referee for the tournament, did not call a game in the most recent round of competition.  He is expected to receive an assignment for Monday's slate of games.

For complete results of the tournament, go to the FINA page by clicking here.


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